A red and green December… To help you Remember.

If left to my own devices, there isn’t much Christmas in my heart. Nothing within me looks forward to December. In my mind, this is a month that feels to me like forced-group-insanity. I don’t like to be told what to do. I don’t like to go along with the crowd.  And I especially don’t like to do […]

Labor Day 2009: Sandy Sheets for a Greater Good—

I do not like sand in my bed. I do like crisp clean sheets, multiple throw pillows, and a dust ruffle. All of these items must perfectly coordinate with both with the comforter, and (obviously) with each other. To make my world complete there should also be an afghan that offers not only a pop of color, but a […]

The first day of the rest of my life! [ August 2015 Calendar ]

We closed my Sunflower shop last night. For the last time. July was a bitter-sweeet month. One dream ended, so a new dream could be born. I am happy. But very, very tired. Next week I will post photos. Today is Saturday. The first Saturday since July, 2014 that I wasn’t in charge of anything. The […]

The Home Stretch. (Why wasn’t I home sleeping?)

The Home Stretch.  Definition: “The last part of a long or difficult activity.” We are starting to wrap up our final days at The Sunflower Gift Shop this week. It has been “a long and difficult activity” to say the least. But we wouldn’t trade the experience for anything. As this marathon season of experimenting with a retail […]

How we fixed up a Grocery Store last May. (Photos of our 2-week painting party.)

Happy Birthday, Sunflower! One year ago TODAY we opened up the Sunflower Gift Shop & Gallery. TODAY seems a fitting occasion to post photos I’ve been saving from “Phase 1” of our big Grocery Store Beautification Project last spring. Who would have thought we could turn the old Travelers Rest “Winn Dixie” into the uplifting place that Sunflower evolved into over the […]

The perfect view for an entire month!

So many rich memories are wrapped up in this oil painting. I recently finished creating this scene from Bowens Island, South Carolina. I’m really pleased with how it turned out! There is nothing more rewarding to me than taking one of my mediocre photos and helping it come alive again as a piece of art. You can read about the inspiration […]

Happy Labor Day! Enjoy the Day of Rest.

There are few things I find as restful, as the views in the South Carolina Lowcountry. Enjoy this Painting of “rest” all month-long. To make this calendar your computer desktop for the month of September, click on the image above, then download it from the new page that opens. Then simply set it as your desktop image, […]

A shy sunflower for your August calendar

We have a new store called Sunflower.  Just like the sunflower in the painting, I’m not quite ready to show it off. Our Sunflower store opened on July 10th, and it has been quite busy with shoppers, considering how we haven’t really shared much about it. Really nothing other than what we’ve put in the windows […]

Would you swap this month, for another year?

July 2010… we went on vacation. Four years later, we’re up working until all hours of the night getting ready to open our new store called “Sunflower.” Would I swap out this month, for July 2010? [Back to my easy, uncomplicated life?] Not a chance. July 2014 finds me in the midst of complete chaos, yet so […]